30. January 2013 12:01
There are still openings to attend the annual El Futuro Conference, ¿Y Ahora Qué ? 2013 - Sueños, Retos, y Oportunidades: Reflections on Latino Behavioral Health, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
Formed by a group of mental health professionals to serve the Latino immigrant population in North Carolina, El Futuro focuses on supporting entire family systems by offering quality outpatient therapy and psychiatry services for all ages. Providing such services – mental health evaluations, substance abuse treatment, social skills classes – addresses critical needs within this underserved population.
As El Futuro executive director Luke Smith notes, the Latino community is a child-bearing population. Research shows that children who have a parent with a mental illness are more likely to show developmental delays, lower academic competence, and difficulty with social relationships, and are more likely to have mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood. The loss and stress of coming to a new country amplifies many of the disorders that El Futuro sees in families – depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and more severe conditions.
The organization was featured yesterday on WUNC’s The State of Things, where Host Frank Stasio discussed Latino mental health with Luke Smith and Karla Siu, clinical manager at El Futuro.
Excerpts from the show:
“These [Latino families] are struggling with illnesses, they are struggling with the new culture, with the changes all around them,” said Smith. “We find ourselves oftentimes being advocates for people in the classroom, talking with teachers and administrators. Going into environments that psychiatrists and therapists wouldn’t normally go into.”
Karla Siu expressed how this should be a shared community effort and the conference will emphasize that ambition. “With the conference, we are trying to really have everybody understand some of the same issues that we are facing. Part of what we’re doing is coming together with other experts who have experience with some of this because it touches all our institutions in the community.”
Topics at this year’s conference include: Complex Trauma; Legal Issues; Sex Trafficking; Labor Trafficking; Perinatal Depression; Family Systems; Compassion Fatigue; and Psychology & Spirituality. To view the complete conference flier to see all topics and speakers, click here.
To register click here. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit the El Futuro Web site, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 688-7101.
18. September 2012 14:05
On March 24, 2012, Partnership staff and volunteers participated in the 17th Annual Great Human Race. The race is an annual 5K walk/run held by the Volunteer Center of Durham that allows nonprofits to fundraise for their cause.
We asked our supporters to donate to the Partnership team to support children birth to age 5. With the donations we received, the Partnership purchased resources that foster healthy and active learning environments for young children. At the beginning of August, we began distributing these resources – including athletic balls, hula hoops, jump ropes, rain barrels, soil and gardening equipment – to child care centers across Durham, promoting physical health and nutrition as part of healthy development.
These donations would not have been possible without the kindness of our generous supporters. We thank all those who championed for young children in Durham!
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14. August 2012 10:18
Check out this infographic by the Institute of Medicine: "Obesity: Complex but Conquerable." It illustrates quite dynamically the obesity problem that lays before this nation.
Today’s Herald-Sun featured a guest column by Melanie Busbee (Communications Manager with the Partnership) that focuses on childhood obesity and what parents should expect of high-quality child care centers in regards to health and wellness practices that help prevent this serious problem. As mentioned in the column, nearly 10 percent of infants and toddlers have excess weight and almost a third of children are overweight or obese. Research tells us that excessive weight gain in infants and toddlers is more likely to lead to overweight children. And evidence indicates that for children under the age of six with a high Body Mass Index (BMI), adult obesity is likely to follow.
>> The Herald-Sun guest column can be read in full here.
5. July 2012 14:07
What science tells us about bonding with infants is that strong ties between parents and their child provide the baby's first model for intimate relationships and foster a sense of security and positive self-esteem. The way that parents respond to an infant's signals can affect the child's social and cognitive development.
Though the bonding process begins at birth – sometimes even before birth – it is not uncommon for mothers to experience difficulty in bonding with their babies, particularly if they are exhausted, dealing with prolonged pain from delivery, or dealing with postpartum depression.
We know that it is much easier for parents to bond with their baby if they are surrounded by a strong team of support. See below for a few of Durham’s local resources for new parents.
UNC Support Group for Women during Pregnancy & Postpartum: The Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program offers a free support group for women with depression or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. This group meets on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month, 6:30 to 8 pm. For more information or to register, contact Chris Raines at (919) 966-3115.
Teer House: Provides community, patient and family education as part of Duke University Health System's Department of Education Services. Classes include New Mothers Class, Baby Care, Breastfeeding, Infant and Child CPR and more. Contact information: www.dukehealth.org or call (919) 477-2644.
El Centro Hispano: Community center for Latino families that provides a women's support and information group as well as parenting workshops. Check out Circle of Parents/Circulo de Padres. For more information call (919) 687-4635 or visit http://www.elcentronc.org/index.html.
Care Calendar: A web-based system that provides a free tool for organizing meals and other help for families during life changing events such as the birth of a baby. http://www.carecalendar.org/
Durham Connects: A home-visiting program for parents of newborns in Durham County that connects them with community supports. Call (919) 419-3474 ext 232 or visit http://www.durhamconnects.org/index.html.
Welcome Baby: Provides free parenting education and support to families with young children, including developmental guides, newborn discussion groups, and Motheread B.A.B.Y. parenting classes. Call (919) 560-7150 or visit http://www.welcomebaby.org/.
Healthy Families Durham Program: An intensive home visiting program designed to improve parent/child interaction and increase parenting skills. Call (919) 419-3474 or visit http://www.ccfhnc.org/.
» Read more about symptoms of baby blues and postpartum depression in the June Faith newsletter, Congregations & Early Childhood.
» Save the date: January 24, 2013 for a Faith Summit on Child Poverty!
The Early Childhood Faith Initiative is a collaboration between Durham's Partnership for Children and End Poverty Durham that recognizes the role that the faith community plays in providing support to young children and their families. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
28. February 2012 16:01
February is National Children's Dental Health Month! And there is no time better than the present to highlight the importance of oral health and developing good habits at an early age. The Partnership was able to track down Martha Keels, DDS of Duke Pediatric Dentistry for a Q&A on this very important topic. Thank you Dr. Keels for lending us your expertise!
Q: What is preventive dental care and why is it so important?
- It saves money! Dental treatment is expensive.
- Children can take great pride in saying “I am cavity-free!”
- Prevention helps you stay on the path to being cavity free and hopefully avoid having a needle shot and a drill in your mouth!
Q: What dental routine is suggested for infants whose teeth have yet to arrive?
- Get the baby accustomed to having their mouth wiped even before the teeth arrive. Before or after the bath, use a clean washcloth and wipe the gums.
- This also gets parents and caregivers in the habit of checking the mouth every day.
- Make oral hygiene part of the child’s everyday routine!
Q: At what age should children get their first dental cleaning?
Children should have a “dental home” by age one. Typically, children have 8 teeth by then and the dentist or the dental staff can review with you and demonstrate how to properly clean these teeth. This is usually done sitting knee to knee with the dentist and not in the dental chair.
Q: What can parents/children expect during their first visit to the dentist?
- Review of the families’ (both parents) dental history and the child’s medical history
- Thorough mouth exam – pathology, cavities, saliva
- Demonstration on proper teeth cleaning – brushing and flossing
- Discuss appropriate type of toothpaste and fluoride needs
- Review of the diet – avoid juice, keep WATER in the bottle or sippy cup, avoid sticky candy and foods. Avoid any food labeled SOUR --- sour candy is very acidic and burns holes in the teeth
- Discussion about how to handle any habits like pacifier or digit sucking
- Discussion about how to handle any dental injuries – what to do and who to call
- Leave knowing what your child’s caries risk is – high, medium or low
Q: What is the most common excuse parents and caregivers make for not seeking preventive dental care early enough?
Parents are often afraid their child will cry or be disruptive in the dental office, so they want to wait until the child is better behaving. Dentists are very comfortable with a crying child. It is normal for children to be scared or anxious, but typically, after we spend some time with the child and gain their trust, the child relaxes. Don’t avoid getting good information about how to care for your child.
Another reason would simply be the cost. But prevention in much cheaper than treatment! One small filling can be over $200 – OUCH!
Q: What are the long-term problems that arise from improper dental care early on?
- Studies show that if dental caries is left untreated, children do more poorly in school as they can be distracted by discomfort or pain.
- If you lose a baby tooth too early, then the teeth shift around and permanent teeth do not erupt nicely, which can lead to more crooked teeth.
- If the teeth have to be restored with silver crowns, then the child has to live with silver versus natural white for several years. The last baby molars do not fall out until age 12.
Q: What are the main culprits for tooth decay in young children?
- Eating my worry foods --- dried fruit (raisins, craisins), fruit roll-ups, fruit chews, skittles, starbursts, gummies, gummy vitamins, cereal bars and granola bars. And, NOT FLOSSING --- these foods get stuck between the 8 molars and then you get the 8 chewing cavities.
- Holding juice, sports drinks, lemonade or soda in the mouth – slow swallowing or drinking an acidic beverage before bed.
Q: What is the critical connection between preventive dental care and success in school for children?
Dr. Stephanie Jackson’s study showed there were more missed school days due to cavities as well as poorer school performance for children with cavities. Healthy smiles and successful lives go hand in hand.
Data from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion indicates that early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem.
Resources for parents and children
» Handout for parents on preventive dental care for toddlers
» Coloring sheet for children, developed by the American Dental Association.
Martha Ann Keels DDS PhD, Associate Professor in Surgery and Pediatrics
Duke Pediatric Dentistry, 2711 North Duke Street, Durham, NC 27704
15. February 2012 12:23
Over the past two years of the North Carolina School of Science and Math’s Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, the school has collected a total of 879,875 pounds of food. Last year’s efforts made history, as the school surpassed the Guinness World Record for the largest food drive in 24 hours by collecting 559,885 pounds of food. This year – on March 3, 2012 – the NCSSM Food Drive will attempt to collect 120,125 pounds of food to surpass a three year total of ONE MILLION pounds! The one million pound mark equates to roughly 857,000 meals for those served by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC.
Because we at the Partnership know what a full stomach means for families and for young children, we want to help. We are asking for your help in being part of food drive history.
From now until March 2nd, we will be collecting items for the drive here at the Partnership office and we will deliver them to NCSSM on Saturday, March 3rd. For those who wish to contribute, a collection box will be placed in the lobby at 1201 S. Briggs Ave., Durham, NC. Just drop off items and we’ll do the rest! See below for a list of most-needed items.
There is also an option for online donation through the NCSSM Virtual Food Drive. Every dollar donated through the NCSSM Virtual Food Drive will enable the Food Bank to directly purchase approximately 2.5 pounds of food, which will be added to the food collected at the NCSSM Food Drive.
For further questions, please contact the NCSSM Event Coordinator, Sue Anne Lewis, at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping NCSSM fight hunger across North Carolina!
7. February 2012 14:26
Did you know that within the first year of a child’s life, he or she should see a doctor for a well-child visit seven times? These frequent but critical visits – known as preventive care – are the optimal way to track children’s growth and development, to administer required shots that keep children healthy, and to provide an opportunity to ask the doctor questions about children’s health.
A guest column (“Preventive care very important for healthy kids”) by Partnership Board Member and social worker at Duke Children’s Primary Care David Covington appearing in today’s Herald-Sun makes the case for preventive care. The piece promotes the importance of ensuring families have health insurance and a regular health care provider; ensuring primary care providers use standardized developmental screenings during well-child visits; and, educating parents on developmental milestones during routine well-child visits.
Click here to read the column in full.
Link to our brochure online: Healthy & Ready: A Guide to Preventive Care. Spanish version.
Click here to read more about the Partnership’s Kindergarten Health Assessment (KHA) Project.
6. January 2012 14:59
Did you know that Durham has been recognized as a Playful City USA by KaBoom? Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities that make play a priority by using innovative programs that foster active environments for children. Last year, 151 cities and towns were recognized.
For the benefit of our children’s healthy physical development, parents and caregivers should be encouraging children to spend at least an hour a day playing outside where some of the most exploratory learning often takes place. Encouraging children to go outside, get moving, and connect with nature are all ways to avoid childhood obesity, but there are other benefits too. Kids who play outside are happier, healthier, and stronger.
Yet families often experience many obstacles when it comes to spending time outdoors: busy schedules, technology, community violence, and fear of getting hurt. Another common barrier to outdoor play is lack of access to public parks and playgrounds.
Fortunately for Durhamites, a number of nearby parks and play areas are located on the bus route. Here’s a small listing:
OF INTEREST: Did you know that the Museum of Life and Science offers free admission on Wednesdays from 1 -5 pm to all Durham County Residents? ID required. The museum is located at 433 West Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704.
So get out, explore, and learn in our playful city of Durham!